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Health Disparities Roundup – Friday, February 15, 2013

Image Credit: iStock Photo

Image Credit: iStock Photo

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health disparities news, posts and reports from this past week.

KPCC OnCentral Blog: Black History Month shines light on health disparities in black, minority populations – “Black History Month is intended to honor notable people and events in African American history. But the February commemoration is also a time to acknowledge the inequalities that still apply. Health officials say that although there have been dramatic improvements in the overall health of residents in the U.S., many minority populations are still struggling because of disparities in healthcare, education and poverty. “The health disparities between African Americans and other racial groups are striking and are apparent in life expectancy, death rates, infant mortality, and other measures of health status,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to data from 2009, the average white American had a life expectancy of 78.8 years, compared to the average black American who lived 74.5 years. This more than four-year difference can be attributed to an array of issues, many of which may stem from or are exacerbated by the fact that African Americans — as well as Latinos — between the ages of 18 to 64, have “substantially larger percentages of uninsured populations” compared to Asians and whites, according to the CDC.” >> Read More

CT Latino News: Heart Health an Important Issue Often Overlooked by Latinas – “Cardiovascular disease and stroke rank as the No. 1 killer of Latinos in the United States, according to the American Heart Association, claiming 27 percent of the 133,000 Latinos who die each year in the U.S. Nonetheless, Latinos are less likely than other Americans to be at risk for heart disease, faring better than other Americans on five out of seven American Heart Association Life’s Simple 7 heart-healthy goals. These indicators include having higher rates of ideal blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, physical activity and nonsmoking compared to national averages. Like most Americans, according to the heart association, the biggest challenges facing Latinos are maintaining a heart-healthy diet and weight. Only 2 percent eat a healthy diet consistently and less than 25 percent have an ideal body weight compared to the 32 percent national rate.” >> Read More

Huffington Post: Poor Health Literacy Among Latinos Linked To An Increase In Antimicrobial Resistance – “An individual’s health literacy level may be described as a dynamic process that includes the association of demographic, psychosocial and cultural variables that shape and guide health-related beliefs, behaviors and access to health care. Without proper health literacy, Latinos are often unaware, for example, of the dangers that accompany the nonprescription use of medications.” >> Read More

YouTube Video via NBCActionNews: Church opens grocery in food desert – “The World Harvest Church has opened a grocery in its church”. >> Watch Video

The Baltimore Sun: Solving the state’s health disparities – “Nearly 10,000 people in West Baltimore are diagnosed each year with new cases of diabetes, hypertension and other treatable, chronic health conditions — enough to fill 24 jumbo jets. These illnesses will kill many of them and complications will disable others who may end up in wheelchairs or have limbs amputated because they didn’t get the proper medical care.” >> Read More

BMJ Quality & Safety: Patient-centred healthcare, social media and the internet: the perfect storm? – “Patients are central to healthcare delivery, yet all too often their perspectives and input have not been considered by providers.1 ,2 This is beginning to change rapidly and is having a major impact across a range of dimensions. Patients are becoming more engaged in their care and patient-centred healthcare has emerged as a major domain of quality.3–6. At the same time, social media in particular and the internet more broadly are widely recognised as having produced huge effects across societies. For example, few would have predicted the Arab Spring, yet it was clearly enabled by media such as Facebook and Twitter. Now these technologies are beginning to pervade the healthcare space, just as they have so many others. But what will their effects be? These three domains—patient-centred healthcare, social media and the internet—are beginning to come together, with powerful and unpredictable consequences. We believe that they have the potential to create a major shift in how patients and healthcare organisations connect, in effect, the ‘perfect storm’, a phrase that has been used to describe a situation in which a rare combination of circumstances result in an event of unusual magnitude creating the potential for non-linear change.7.” >> Read More

Eat + Run Blog: Can Social Media Help You Lose Weight? – “At the start of the New Year, when weight loss is often a priority, building a support team to help keep us on track can be extremely helpful. This might typically consist of family members, friends, co-workers, or perhaps even a nutritionist or registered dietitian. But today, support can also be found online. Plenty of Web sites focus on losing weight, and include communities that provide support and encouragement. Since many of us spend a lot of time on social media sites—maybe too much if you ask my husband!—why not use these platforms as another tool for support? In fact, one study suggests employees participating in a workplace wellness program who also joined the company’s Facebook page, run by a registered dietitian, stayed with the program longer than those who didn’t.” >> Read More

SmartBlog on Social Media: Andy’s Answers: How Kaiser Permanente feeds its fans’ appetite for videos – “While everyone loves video, there’s not a huge demand for perfect video. For Kaiser Permanente, this love of video content offered a great opportunity to show off the stories traditional advertising couldn’t tell and give people a great reason to check them out. So the company started a video blog.” >> Read More

CT Health Foundation Blog: A New Approach for Tackling Connecticut’s Health Disparities – “Working with CT Health and The Conference of Churches, we engaged a group of leaders from different fields as part of a newly formed Health Equity Leadership Council. The Council was introduced to our new strategic framework and more effective language – language that would allow leaders to communicate their own interest in ending health disparities. For businesses, a health­ier workforce means a healthier bottom line. Healthier students perform better in school. Healthier citizens are better able to engage with their community. Healthier pa­tients mean a less taxed health care system. Over the past 12 months, we spoke to almost 200 leaders across the state to hone and improve our approach, thinking and language. As a result, the Campaign for a Stronger Connecticut was created, distilling the learning into a new brand design and collateral material to help pilot CT Health’s new approach to other leaders in the upcoming year.” >> Read More

About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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